Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle, 1446 

This splendid mediaeval castle in County Cork is the site of the world-famous Blarney Stone, an otherwise insignificant piece of masonry whose wonderful gift of flowing speech is said to be released by kissing it. This oscular feat may only be accomplished, however, by hanging upside down from the parapet of the very high castle, a factor which has undoubtedly contributed to the stone's powers of expression! The loquacious Winston Churchill visited the stone in 1912. It is said that Queen Elizabeth I was the first to use the expression 'blarney' when, in frustration at the long-winded and evasive answers of the castle's lord in respect of a minor legal matter, she exclaimed 'This is more Blarney!' Today 'blarney' suggests cajoling and flattering nonsense, a 'tall story' told with charm used to hoodwink another.

This large (32") pen and ink drawing shows the castle rising to a great height above a tree-lined bend in the River Martin, and the corner tower of a now demolished house. The drawing is one of a series I did about 10-15 years ago of the Great Buildings of Ireland, although my artistic style and mood have changed in the meantime. Some of the drawings were on display at Dublin Castle for a state banquet hosted by the President of Ireland for Oliver Stone.

To see all my images on Artist Daily click here. For a more recent painting which includes a castle see Rook Echoes.




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View all my Artist Daily images and associated chat HERE ____________________________________________________________ Everything I look at I make a mirror of  Wherein to see my soul in all its seasons.  Patrick Kavanagh To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one. John Ruskin The Presence of Absence I am moved by a sense of the lingering 'presence of absence', the suspension in unbreathed time of reveries of unforgetting, lost presences, and the melancholy of traces. My inspiration in recent years comes from twentieth-century American realism, especially the somewhat disturbing and isolated moods of Andrew Wyeth. There are similar resonances in western Ireland's remote Atlantic landscapes. After a career in flying, my art studies have consisted of extended workshops in the United States with some prominent artists, Koo Schadler (egg tempera), Joe McGurl and Don Demers (oils, en plein air), Stan Miller (watercolour and egg tempera), and David Kassan (charcoal and oil portraits), and in Ireland with Carey Clarke, past president of the Royal Hibernian Academy (oils). In 2013 I spend the summer in Italy studying landscape painting with Israel Hershberg as part of the Jerusalem Studio School master class. In the Spring of 2015 I participated in the 6-week intensive programme of drawing and painting. I have exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy's annual exhibition in Dublin, with works in egg tempera (Buttermilk, Tidepool), acrylic (Extra Room andTerminus), and oils (Dreadlocks, Liminal, Lightkeeper and Reflection). Sudden Breeze was featured in International Artist magazine's Feb/Mar 2009 edition (65) landscape competition, and an 8-page article on my landscape paintings featured in International Artist June/July 2012 issue, number 85.  My website is  My Facebook art page is here. A video of some of my paintings is here on YouTube.